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Backroads driving last week

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Offline bcampbell

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Backroads driving last week
« on: April 10, 2010, 06:21:39 PM »
I was out at the park last week.  I drove River Road West, Black Gap Road and a whole bunch of roads in Terlingua Ranch.  Here are some of my random  pictures, not as quality as some of the masterpieces I have seen on here, but I am trying.

http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/jj86/bcampbell_02/EA2010/

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Offline Quatro

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 08:07:53 PM »
Thanks for posting these.  What is the tall green tent in a couple of the shots?  Also, what cemetery was that?  I don't recall one that I've visited so close to a road.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro - HST

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 08:31:05 PM »
Nice pictures.  Thanks for posting.

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Offline bcampbell

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 08:34:56 PM »
The green tent was my porta privy/shower stall.  The cemetery was at Glenn Springs.  The coolest thing I found was Lake Ament.  It looks like lots of hard work into building the dam.

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Offline aircrftmec

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2010, 03:33:22 PM »
I can remember back when I was a kid in the late 70's that ament lake being full of water and actually had fish in it>

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Offline dkerr24

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2010, 06:04:38 AM »
That's quite a dam for a 'lake'  :)  Looks like you had the place to yourself.

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Offline homerboy2u

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2010, 08:17:52 AM »
YEs, thanks for posting your pictures.
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Offline bcampbell

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2010, 09:27:14 AM »
I only seen a few other vehicles in all of my driving that weekend.  The majority of them were on Black Gap Road.  I was a bit dissapointed in Black Gap Road.  I have heard lots of stories about how rough and unmaintained it was, but I had no problems driving it from south to north.  I never even put the jeep in four wheel drive.  I found a couple of roads in Terlingua ranch that were in much worse shape.  One road was so steep, rocky and rutted that I had to creep along in 4 low dodging boulders..  I am going to try to make it out there again this year either in October or for the chili cookoff in November

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Offline bcampbell

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2010, 10:23:08 AM »
It is very scenic.  There are some great scenic views to be found along it.  If you were driving north to south it looks like it would be harder also if it were wet it might be a real chore to drive down.  I am not saying it was as easy as driving down the blacktop  just that it didn't live up to the reputation it had earned in my mind from some of the horror stories I had heard.

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2010, 11:50:13 AM »
I agree, Black Gap Road, as a '4x4 backroad challenge', is not that awesome.  It is a little more challenging North to South, but only because you have to go up the step.  With the stone ramp even that is not a real challenge.  Wet, it is a little more of an experience.  We got caught by a rain storm about the middle a couple of years ago, and the slipping sideways on wet rock did have an effect on the pucker factor.  I drive most of it in 4Lo because I want to. Manual hubs, and I can just creep along and enjoy the scenery.

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Offline iCe

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2010, 09:08:09 PM »
I've owned a couple of Jeeps. Both with a little lift, 38" BFG's, and an 8,000 winch. The fact is I would love to have another one. They would take me anywhere I wanted to go (except for maybe that one time when a friend of mine made me drink beer and then attempt to drive through his grandmothers "tank" (short for stock tank). If the engine hadn't died we would have made it. If the fan blade hadn't been swooshing water all over the place the engine wouldn't have died. Obviously there was something wrong with the fan blade). So when you say "eh, it's not that bad. I didn't even use 4WD" it might mislead someone into thinking it's not that bad. Granted, it's not the most technical road around but if your in a '08 2500 HD crew cab pickup your at a significantly greater disadvantage than a compact little short coupled Jeep.

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Offline Doc Savage

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2010, 01:05:12 PM »
Never forget my first trip down Black gap (north to south). Park Ranger (might have been a volunteer) really tried to talk me out of it. When he found out I had a jeep he said I might enjoy the challenge. This was a brand new stock 97 Wrangler SE with 205 street tires. No lift, nothing. Never used 4wd, Back then there wasn't hardly a "step" at the arroyo either. I'd driven rougher roads in Inyo NF in a Rabbit convertible. Real let down given the build up. Now a few years later with the wife, we skipped after running into some folks who said there was a 3' drop at the arroyo then. We had a popup trailer with us and due to rains even River Road was washed out in places on us. You really never can tell about the roads out there. What I'd like to know is that the arroyo looked to have been "paved" with stones and concrete last time I went down it. If it is "unmaintained" who did that?

Robert
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Offline OldJeepr

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Re: Backroads driving last week
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2010, 03:57:05 PM »
I think Presidio put forth the theory that it was paved by a 4x4 driver bringing the road to his skill level.  I suspect that without the concrete, that section would be extreme 4x4 after a few wet years. The 'step' is more like 2 feet, and parties unknown have stacked rocks to make a ramp. Don't think I'd try it with a pop-up though.

 


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